It’s no secret: I love Taylor Swift’s music. Doesn’t look like it on the outside, but 90% of the music I listen to is hers. Over the years, many people have asked me why. After all, it doesn’t suit my personality. But in reality, Taylor’s tracks serve a somber purpose: Drowning out yelling.
I grew up around loud people. And from my experience, there’s something wrong with loud people nine times out of ten. Sometimes, they’re just easily upset. And in my case, it was anger. I’m not sure what made my parents think volume can compensate for lack of reason. But they sure beat that horse to death.
Every conversation was a shouting match. Even if you weren’t talking to anyone, you’d hear other people talking. Or rather, yelling. Living around people like that was intolerable. I’m a quiet guy. I like to do my own thing in a peaceful environment. So I had to figure something out.
Enter Taylor Swift. For whatever reason, her voice is rather effective at drowning out yelling. It’s not heavy metal, obviously. It’s not even super loud. But her music manages to push the din into the background. And for a few short minutes, I can actually live my life.
True, it’s been a while since I’ve lived with my family. But sometimes, I still find myself reaching for Taylor’s tracks that I know all too well. Case in point: Last night, my sister completed her second exodus in six months. Leaving behind first one parent, and then the other. Abandoning the sinking ship that is our family. And the funny thing about parents is that they can’t really threaten you. The worst thing you could do to your child is rob them of their home. But do that, and you’ll also lose them forever.
Anyway, that’s a story for another day. My point is, I still need music to create peace from time to time. Because in times like last night, when my sister was sitting on the floor of my bare apartment yelling at my dad through the phone, telling him she’s not coming back, I still need Taylor Swift. Where would I escape without her?